Sunday, May 20, 2012

3-2-1 Mug Cakes!

My older daughter recently went to a Cloverbud (junior 4-H'er) workshop put on by our WONDERFUL county extension office.  She and a group of 6 and 7 year olds learned how to make these delicious " 3- 2- 1 Mug Cakes".  Before the workshop, I had come across similar recipes on Pinterest and in magazines, but alway figured that they weren't worth the trouble.  After all, I feed 6 people at a time: I need a 9 x 13.    But, after seeing how fun and easy they were for little ones to make, we bought the ingredients and our very own Cloverbud taught her little sister how to make them! 
Ingredients:  1 Angel Food cake mix
1 cake mix of any flavor (we've tried strawberry and chocolate, both are very good)
Garnishes, like mini-chocolate chips, strawberries, sprinkles, sprigs of mint, the options are endless!

Take the two cake mixes and mix them together very thoroughly in a large bowl (one with a cover, preferably because you will have a LOT left over).  Once the mixes are very well-combined,
measure 3 level tablespoons of the mixture into a coffee mug.  Then, add 2 tablespoons of water to the mug and use a spoon to mix the dry and wet ingredients.
Microwave for 1 minute on high.  We let the mug cakes cool for a few minutes, then we put some Reddi-whip on top and sprinkled with mini chocolate chips. 

Deliciousness awaits!  We played around with adding chocolate chips to the cake batter--VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Also, we had some fresh strawberries, so we placed a slice on top for a very oh-la-la presentation!  I have some bigger (not huge) coffee mugs and so for dad, the girls used 6 Tbsp. dry mix, 4 Tbsp. water, and about 1 1/2 minutes in the micro.  Dad, of course, also needed double the Reddi-whip (he's a big fan). 
We've made at least 2 dozen and it doesn't feel like we've hardly made a dent in the dry mix.  It's a great gift idea, though, especially with a pretty mug and a can of Reddi-whip.  I'm sure it will keep, and the mug cakes make a great afternoon snack--just the right size and a real treat.  Maybe not the most nutritious, but, you only live once!!!!

1 comment:

Lori said...

The girls made these for us on Mother's Day and they were very good! It makes a good gift for single people or a couple so they don't have a whole cake to try to eat!